CAT - The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance

Are you aged 11-16 and love to dance? Then check out our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme.

Part of a family of National CAT Schemes across the country, The Lowry CAT is a part-time, pre-vocational course that gives young people access to high quality dance training.

CATS help identify, and assist, young people with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education.

Students train in the disciplines of contemporary, ballet, contextual, creative and performance studies. The programme provides them with a clear training foundation supporting them to be versatile technicians and artists, whilst giving them an understanding of what a dance career may look like.

The CAT is funded by the Music and Dance Scheme through the Department of Education, providing financial support for families through means-tested grants.

For more information about our training, visit our useful FAQs below or drop us an email at

How To Apply

We are recruiting for Autumn entry!

Our CAT Audition will be taking place on May 29th at The Lowry!
To find out more about Open Days & our Audition Day download our open day leaflet.
To book onto one of our Open Days Click Here
Any further questions, drop us an email or visit us on our social media!
Instagram: @northwestdance
Facebook: North West Dance
Twitter: @TheLowryCAT_NW

Weekly Open Classes

Looking for your first dance class or wishing to improve and build on a pre-existing foundation in dance with Contemporary Technique and creative exploration? Why not join our Open Class?

Open Contemporary Dance Classes for 11–17 year-olds will be held at The Lowry on Thursdays (16:45-17:45). £3 per class.

Our Open Contemporary Dance Classes allow young people to develop knowledge and skills in contemporary technique and the creative process, whether they are considering applying for the CAT at some point in the future, or simply love to dance. Email should you have any questions at


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The Lowry CAT Taster Dance Workshops for Schools/Venues 2022

We are delighted that we can offer your young people [aged 9-16] an engaging, cultural, contemporary dance experience at a time of your choice over the coming months, January – April 2022
To request a dance workshop with The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training, fill in this form:
The bespoke workshops are delivered for free, supported by the Department for Education [DfE] in line with our commitment to the Centre for Advanced Training outreach and dance development across the North west of England.

North West Dance - Lowry CAT Social Media

North West Dance (Lowry CAT) aims to communicate and share youth opportunities from all across the region, utilising our social media platforms to showcase youth talent, educational experiences and artistic work. We are all about voice and connecting up organisations through a social platform, lifting each other up and developing long lasting networks, both digitally and in person. If you have workshops, performances or job opportunities you would like shared across our networks in the Northwest, please drop us an email at


U.Dance at The Lowry

U. Dance North West acts as the selection event for the National Youth Dance Festival named U.Dance. This is led by One Dance UK, in which youth dance companies from across England come together and perform on one of the UKs prestigious stages each year.

Our annual regional platform is held at the Lowry, bringing together some of the finest youth dance companies and young people’s choreography from across the region! Our festival has been running for many years and is a fantastic celebration of youth dance, creativity and community!

This year’s festival will be held on February 12th and 13th 2022, with tickets available here

If you are interested in finding out more about U.Dance NW or are thinking of applying for our future performance platforms, please email for further

You can also visit us at:
Instagram: @northwestdance
Facebook: North West Dance
Twitter: @TheLowryCAT_NW